Workshop: Serious PHP for Real Drupal Developers

Drupal developers are in for a real treat in the next release of Drupal. As of version 8, Drupal will be incorporating the Symfony2 framework and requiring PHP 5.3.4+. Experienced Drupal developers know this means change. Are you ready to level up? Join PHP expert Lorna Jane Mitchell and Drupal trainer Emma Jane Hogbin as they guide you through the core PHP knowledge you'll need for the next release of Drupal. Workshop attendees will learn how to solve common problems using elegant design patterns with object oriented programming. Whether contributing to core, updating contrib modules, or creating custom Drupal products, participants will end the workshop with the skills needed to build elegant, contemporary PHP code for Drupal.

Who is the target audience?

PHP developers who've been focused on Drupal code for the last few years. They are excited about taking advantage of the new features Drupal 8 will be allowing (including PHP 5.3.4 and Symfony2) and want to ensure they are using best practices when refactoring their code. Secondary audience members include: junior and senior developers who've learned their trade on Drupal's code base. They don't have a computer science background and they have learned exclusively "by example". They may be self-conscious of their code and want to be more confident in their ability to create code and not just modify someone else's.

Pre-requisites

Familiarity with Drupal PHP and a desire to improve the quality of the code written for the Drupal project and web sites deployed with Drupal is required. Developers who maintain their own contributed modules, or work on core development are ideally suited for this program. Drupal consultants and companies focused on site building, theming, and "glue code" modules will not find as much value in this workshop and are encouraged to wait for the open source version of the program. Companies purchasing seats may have junior and senior developers attending. For this reason there will be pre-class resources available with introductory information on PHP and Drupal development. The pre-class resources will include Randy Fay's Examples module. A grocery list of system requirements will be provided; however, we do expect companies to provide their staff members with technical support on how to create a developer environment. Every company should have at least one participant able to create their own local developer environment. If your company does not have this capacity, please wait for the open source version of this course.

Curriuculum

What will participants learn? What will they be able to do after the workshop?
  • Describe patterns used in code and frameworks from other projects.
  • Apply best practices for OOP in PHP to the Drupal 8 core and contributed projects.
  • Write more efficient code.
  • Refactor existing code to take advantage of new language features and design patterns.
  • Recognize and refactor Drupal-specific code to use new language features and Symfony.
  • Leverage the capabilities of Symfony when writing new Drupal code.

Format

This class will be delivered as two half-day webinars with supplemental readings and practice exercises.
  • Dates: September 20, September 27.
  • Time: 9AM-12PM (Noon) Eastern Daylight Time
  • Location: WebEx Event Center (support for Linux, OSX and Windows; does not support iOS and other mobile devices)
There will be a recording of the session available within 48 hours of each class. Each company seat will also be granted one PDF license for Lorna's book, PHP Master. The webinars will be kick-off sessions, introducing participants to a hands-on suite of activities. Readings, code snippets, and step-by-step exercises will be available for each part of the workshop to guide participants through the best practices of PHP development for Drupal. To support learners, there will be a class IRC channel. The instructors will be available between webinars at specific times to answer questions and assist learners. We expect there will be many opportunities for peer learning and encourage participants to engage in the IRC channel outside of the office support hours.

Agenda

Part 1

  • Design patterns: MVC, factories, dependency injections as it applies to context in D8
  • Using Object Oriented Programming to solve problems.

Part 2

  • PHP 5.3-specific features
  • Using Symfony2
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 * About Drupal
 * Configuration and features
 * Installation profiles
 * Appearance
 * Developing for Drupal

ABOUT DRUPAL
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Drupal is an open source content management platform supporting a variety of
websites ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites. For
more information, see the Drupal website at http://drupal.org/, and join the
Drupal community at http://drupal.org/community.

Legal information about Drupal:
 * Know your rights when using Drupal:
   See LICENSE.txt in the same directory as this document.
 * Learn about the Drupal trademark and logo policy:
   http://drupal.com/trademark

CONFIGURATION AND FEATURES
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Drupal core (what you get when you download and extract a drupal-x.y.tar.gz or
drupal-x.y.zip file from http://drupal.org/project/drupal) has what you need to
get started with your website. It includes several modules (extensions that add
functionality) for common website features, such as managing content, user
accounts, image uploading, and search. Core comes with many options that allow
site-specific configuration. In addition to the core modules, there are
thousands of contributed modules (for functionality not included with Drupal
core) available for download.

More about configuration:
 * Install, upgrade, and maintain Drupal:
   See INSTALL.txt and UPGRADE.txt in the same directory as this document.
 * Learn about how to use Drupal to create your site:
   http://drupal.org/documentation
 * Download contributed modules to sites/all/modules to extend Drupal's
   functionality:
   http://drupal.org/project/modules
 * See also: "Developing for Drupal" for writing your own modules, below.

INSTALLATION PROFILES
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Installation profiles define additional steps (such as enabling modules,
defining content types, etc.) that run after the base installation provided
by core when Drupal is first installed. There are two basic installation
profiles provided with Drupal core.

Installation profiles from the Drupal community modify the installation process
to provide a website for a specific use case, such as a CMS for media
publishers, a web-based project tracking tool, or a full-fledged CRM for
non-profit organizations raising money and accepting donations. They can be
distributed as bare installation profiles or as "distributions". Distributions
include Drupal core, the installation profile, and all other required
extensions, such as contributed and custom modules, themes, and third-party
libraries. Bare installation profiles require you to download Drupal Core and
the required extensions separately; place the downloaded profile in the
/profiles directory before you start the installation process. Note that the
contents of this directory may be overwritten during updates of Drupal core;
it is advised to keep code backups or use a version control system.

Additionally, modules and themes may be placed inside subdirectories in a
specific installation profile such as profiles/your_site_profile/modules and
profiles/your_site_profile/themes respectively to restrict their usage to only
sites that were installed with that specific profile.

More about installation profiles and distributions:
 * Read about the difference between installation profiles and distributions:
   http://drupal.org/node/1089736
 * Download contributed installation profiles and distributions:
   http://drupal.org/project/distributions
 * Develop your own installation profile or distribution:
   http://drupal.org/developing/distributions

APPEARANCE
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In Drupal, the appearance of your site is set by the theme (themes are
extensions that set fonts, colors, and layout). Drupal core comes with several
themes. More themes are available for download, and you can also create your own
custom theme.

More about themes:
 * Download contributed themes to sites/all/themes to modify Drupal's
   appearance:
   http://drupal.org/project/themes
 * Develop your own theme:
   http://drupal.org/documentation/theme

DEVELOPING FOR DRUPAL
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Drupal contains an extensive API that allows you to add to and modify the
functionality of your site. The API consists of "hooks", which allow modules to
react to system events and customize Drupal's behavior, and functions that
standardize common operations such as database queries and form generation. The
flexible hook architecture means that you should never need to directly modify
the files that come with Drupal core to achieve the functionality you want;
instead, functionality modifications take the form of modules.

When you need new functionality for your Drupal site, search for existing
contributed modules. If you find a module that matches except for a bug or an
additional needed feature, change the module and contribute your improvements
back to the project in the form of a "patch". Create new custom modules only
when nothing existing comes close to what you need.

More about developing:
 * Search for existing contributed modules:
   http://drupal.org/project/modules
 * Contribute a patch:
   http://drupal.org/patch/submit
 * Develop your own module:
   http://drupal.org/developing/modules
 * Follow best practices:
   http://drupal.org/best-practices
 * Refer to the API documentation:
   http://api.drupal.org/api/drupal/7

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